Lawrence Krader, Interdisciplinarity, and the Concept of the Human Being
Edited By Cyril Levitt and Sabine Sander
The essays contained in Beyond the Juxtaposition of Nature and Culture represent an attempt by scholars from Canada, Germany, and Mexico to come to grips with the innovative work of the American philosopher and anthropologist Lawrence Krader who has proposed nothing less than a new theory of nature, according to which there are at least three different orders—the material-biotic, the quantum, and the human—which differ from one another according to their different configurations of space-time, and which cannot be reduced the one to the others. Each author takes up Krader’s theory in relation to its impact on their own discipline: sociology, anthropology, the study of myth, the theory of labor and value, economics, linguistics, and aesthetics. The question of how nature and culture can be integrated within a theoretical framework which links them in difference and nexus and allows each their non-reductive space leads each of the contributors to move in their thinking beyond the old dualisms of materialism and idealism, fact and value, nature and culture.
Preface: Lawrence Krader—a Personal Retrospective in Memoriam
The “Unknown” Krader: New Encounters
SABINE SANDER AND CYRIL LEVITT
Lawrence Krader: Noetics: The Science of Thinking and Knowing
Human Being in Relation to Several Orders of Nature
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